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Poster: xensyria Date: Jan 7, 2016 6:00am
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Quality control of scanned books

Firstly, IA is great, and while I sometimes share the frustration mentioned above, the number of times it's helped without problem massively outweighs this.

I agree that IA has the potential for at least as strong a community as, say, Wikimedia Commons, if the platform allowed for it.

Are there any consequences that we haven't thought of that might make them reluctant to do so? (e.g. might IA become more copyright conscious along the lines of Wikimedia, rather than its current more live and let live approach, which, incidentally, seems more in line with current DMCA legislation than Wiki).

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Poster: EbbeHove Date: Jan 9, 2016 12:37am
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Quality control of scanned books

Hello xensyria
Glad we agree on the need for a community.
For IA to embrace the idea, they could start with a small group of volunteer editors, with limited editing rights, just to see that it works. Personally I would be happy to be able to edit the "language" parameter, to add and remove "topics" and to be able to reclassify material (to move items erroneously marked as "text"). I see no use of the right to delete material - this is just to clean up categories so searches do not get cluttered by loads of irrelevant files.
Let us hope IA has the courage to trust their users.

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Poster: xensyria Date: Jan 9, 2016 3:46pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Quality control of scanned books

I would love to see a strong community here, and there are intermediary steps as you suggest (and ways to manage the risks of incompetent/rogue editors:) which could either be stored as a list of edits waiting to go live (pending changes), or as live edits that need to be checked (patrolling). It would basically be the current flagging system, but without the person checking the flag having to do the work!

But I've been thinking a bit more about the IA's perspective. I guess community curation isn't part of their vision of an information archive; the resource itself looks to be the focus.

The model of uploaders (some very prolific with, I think, more powers surrounding things like collections etc.) adding the info as they go has worked to get it to where it is.

There do seem to be tentative moves towards this to address the problems you mention (like the flagging system), but it does seem to be just that: trying to solve a problem rather than embracing an opportunity.

Perhaps there's also a bottleneck there in terms of resources: there might not be the funds to divert to redesign the platform to enable a community to flourish.

I'm not sure we can influence them to go for this either, other than by showing that we're here if they ever decide to go down this route. Would be great to hear any official thoughts on it though!

This post was modified by xensyria on 2016-01-09 23:46:00